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A smile and the sun on your face, the wind in your hair...it's time to feel young and free.

Dumb act forces council to chop down 100-year-old trees

DEAD WOOD: Trees of more than 100 years of age have been poisoned at Queens Park. The council is offering a $4000 reward for information leading to the culprits.

Vandals poison century-old trees at Queens Park

DASHCAM: Scooter rider learns painful lesson in wet

'BMW and scooter both made a stupid lane change without warning'

Cheater site criticised for safety standards

Ashley Madison serviced people seeking discreet affairs

'She was dead on the floor with the phone in her hand'

Mike and Rita James have been fundraising for the Ambulance Service since they saved Rita's life in 1993.

Rita would not be alive today without the ambulance

'Fighting for life': Treatment attacks young girl's body

Frankie Beresford, 3 is currently fighting for her light on a respirator machine in ICU in Brisbane, her aunty and Gladstone resident Jess Beresford is holding a fundraiser for her this weekend.

A three-year-old former Gladstone girl is now fighting for her life

What exactly is gastroenteritis and how can you prevent it?

Gastro outbreak - Alex Haynes (Fraser Coast Area Manager) from House Call Doctor with patient Anne.

GASTRO OUTBREAK: Everything you need to know to avoid gastro

'Panicky' hospital trip for birth of second child

SMOOTH DELIVERY: New born bub Dominic Jackson Clarke has been the perfect little boy for mum and dad Melissa and Steve Clark.

'It was the worst drive ever...''

Model brings 'rockabilly look' to pin-up competition

Liz Piraner is in the running to be a pin up girl. Photo Scarlett Noir Photography

Competition sees girls pitted against each other for likes, shares

Colonel's secret recipe leak put to the test

THE Colonel's secret recipe leak has been put to the test to see if it is really finger looking good.

Could this be KFC's secret herbs and spices recipe?

NEWLY RENOVATED: KFC on the Dawson highway has undergone major redevelopments and is one day away from opening. Photo Paul Braven / The Observer

Is this the long sought after secret spice recipe?

RECIPE: Dan and Steph's salmon dish made famous on MKR

Confit salmon with green pea and radish salad.

Spring has sprung early in the kitchen with this delicious salad

You'll remember this meal for the rest of your life

Rump cap on the skewer.

The secrets to an authentic Brazilian barbecue at home

REVIEW: The stout that packs a coffee and price punch

Simon IrwinPhoto: Tamara MacKenzie / The Morning Bulletin

This beer comes with a caffeine kick

Think you can beat this beef behemoth?

Shanae Ollier (left) and chef Elvie Ollier eye off the monster creation of the Railway Hotel.

The Railway Hotel's Insane burger challenge awaits the brave

Meating the challenge: 30 days of veganism done and dusted

I found a yummy lentil patty that tasted great on a burger

Cutting out eggs was a tough one for me

OPINION: Make your own natural cleaners

DIY cleaning products are a great way to eliminate chemicals in your home while saving some pennies.

DIY: When renovation is purely for profit

Cherie Barber.

Renovating property is now seen as a legitimate way to earn money

Make your own homemade laundry detergent

Jody Allen is the founder of Stay At Home Mum: www.stayathomemum.com.au

The laundry cheat that'll save you hundreds of dollars each year

Ten genius uses for epsom salts you've never heard of before

Add a lavender aroma to epsom salts for a bath treat.

The pantry staple that has many life-changing uses

The plants you can't kill

The plant kingdom is full of weird and wonderful things, and one of the weirdest of all survives on nothing but air.

Gardening: Not many flowers say Aussie like the kangaroo paw

The drought tolerant kangaroo paw.

The curiously shaped kangaroo paw is a world favourite

Gardening: Get creative with succulents' huge range

Succulents are one of the easiest plants to grow and offer a huge range of shapes and colours.

Succulents are the darling of the gardening world just now

GREEN THUMB: Peaceful floral display

Tibouchina Peace Baby.

Peace Baby may offer year-round blooms in warmer climes

Fined for saving staghorn

Man takes staghorn from Booloumba Falls, ends up in court

Is there a termite resistant mulch?

MIGHTY MULCH: Cypress Mulch is a natural termite resistant mulch obtained from the Western Queensland White Cypress.

It's a rookie mistake not to mulch your garden

Get a buzz out of bugs

A honey bee at work pollinating a lavender plant.

Get the bugs working for not against your garden

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

AMERICAN luxury resort developer Tim Reigal flew into Gladstone this week to present the council with his plans to build a resort on Curtis Island.

Is this the ultimate way to learn about the Reef?

Quicksilver Cruises' activity platform on Agincourt Reef. INSET: See maori wrasse and spectacular corals while snorkelling.

There's a lot more to the Barrier Reef than you know

TRAVEL: Jordan's ancient towns a must-see in the Middle East

Ancient Petra, in Jordan's south, is one of the seven new wonders of the world. This narrow siq has been cut through deep rock as the entrance to the former trading city. Photo: Rae Wilson

The charming ancient cities of Petra and Jerash

Journey uncovers the truth about Syrian refugees

Miriam (Musaa's daughter) in the family tent. Camp Mercy, Bekaa Valley Lebanon

Caloundra photographer visits Lebanon refugee camp

'Triangular' flights from Gladstone as demand drops

Virgin’s jet touched down at Gladstone Airport.

"We constantly review our flying, including passenger demand"

Langkawi's natural beauty

Giant squirrels abound in the rainforest surrounding the Andaman.

Is this the world's most epic resort destination?

Travel: In pilgrims' footsteps through Italian countryside

Postcard pictures like this will greet you on Italy's pilgrimage walk the Via Francigena.

YOU don't have to be a walking enthusiast to enjoy a trek in Italy

MOVIE REVIEW: War Dogs tells a fascinating true story

DARKLY funny film examines the business side of the war on terror.

Marvel-ous: Thor actors visit sick kids at Lady Cilento

Stars of Thor: Ragnarok dropped in on patients at the hospital

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

You are going to Falls for this music line-up

CONFIRMED: Local artist Bernard Fanning is part of the line up for Falls Festival Byron Bay.

The line-up and ticket purchase details have been announced.

How to accessorise on your wedding day

Want some inspiration for trains, veils, hair-pieces and jewellery for your big wedding day? These handy tips may point you in the right direction.

Sparks fly in teen's beauty mistake

Debra Wren offers sugaring, a new way to wax, at Country Day Spa on Smelter Rd.

A beauty mistake that she will never make again

Tamara in pole position for Queensland titles

FEATS OF STRENGTH: Tamara MacKenzie will compete in Brisbane this weekend in Miss Pole Dance Queensland Heats.

"One minute I am buzzing with excitement.. then I could vomit.'

When size 12 models are 'plus' sizes

Model ambassador Tayla Spier and Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival director Jacinta Richmond.

Why the industry says size 12 is a "plus size".

Noni accused of child exploitation to promote bikini line

Noni Janur features on this year's season of The Bachelor.

Toowoomba Bachelor contestant is in hot water this week

New vintage fashion museum needs help

Edna-Mae Grimmett-Green has accumulated a large collection of vintage fashion and antiques with the intention of opening a museum at her Lower Mt Walker property. Models Beckie-Lee Harley and Kiralye Harley.

Former model's goal to preserve Australian history

Rachel Hunter puts $5m home up for sale

The five bedroom and five bathroom house is in Hollywood

Got a spare hundred bucks? Here's where you could fly to now

DISCOUNT direct flights from Sunshine Coast swallowed up by local travellers as Jetstar discount drive rolls out.

Pensioners lose thousands as furniture store collapses

Nambour-raised CEO of Far Pavilions, Michael Edwards, opened the furniture store in 1995.

Coast store closes as furniture retailer collapses

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7: What to expect

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition

There's some big rumours about the new version

Are these the best headphones ever?

We review the impressive Bose QuietComfort 35s

ATM operating systems need security updates

Cash money   Photo:Barry Leddicoat / Sunshine Coast Daily

EVER heard of Barnaby Jack? No?

Are your copies of Harry Potter worth thousands?

Harry Potter books

How to tell if your old copies of Harry Potter are worth $80,000

Thermomix explodes leaving mum with burns

Sonya Enkelmann suffered burns to her arms and face after her thermo mix exploded

Gracemere mum learns what not to cook in a thermomix.

The scariest thing about most skin cancers

Skin cancer specialist Dr Peter Amadi said colour change was the most obvious symptom of skin cancer.

What's next for Fraser Coast's brave fighter Coen Ashton

BRAVE: Coen Ashton is still smiling despite needing to undergo dialysis after his kidneys began to fail.

'He has taken it on board so well. I'm overwhelmed..'

Noosa woman's invention to rid kids of 'mouth monsters'

LAUNCHED: Noosa's Angela Wright with some of the Mintycoco products she manufactures for kids and grown-ups.

This Noosa business is already selling its goodies in 15 countries

Thor Brisbane: Chris Hemsworth jumper win for charity

Chris Hemsworth’s choice of jumper has seen sales for an Australian charity soar. Picture: Sunrise

Hollywood star's jumper creates new interest in suicide prevention

The real dangers of microwaves

Stock photo by Dave on Morguefile.com

Ways regular use of microwaves may be harming our health

Mum’s mission to find cause of sons’ mysterious illness

Karla with her three boys Ernest, Elih and Khaden

Ever since they were they've been plagued by a baffling condition

Medical marijuana advocates call on MPs to let it grow

Medical Cannabis Advisory Group Queensland co-founder Grace Sands says approved medical cannabis users should be allow to grow the plant at their homes.

Letting patients grow medical marijuana would save money: advocate

Motherhood was a confidence booster for Mila Kunis

MILA Kunis has gained confidence and become "incredibly selfless" since she became a mother.

Are our views on fatherhood outdated?

Blogger Charlie Capen with his sons Finnegan and Arden.

Stranger to woman about husband: "Did you know you have three kids?"

OPINION: How do you get your child to sleep?

No honestly, I am asking this question - how do you?

Mother aborts 'mermaid foetus'

The baby had developed a "tail"-like growth in place of its two legs

Sister wants to put end to deathly food allergy

CLOSE BOND: Bella Gray (left) suffers from eosinophilic oesophagitis and her sister Olivia Gary is raising awareness about the disorder.

Bella suffers from a rare disorder called eosinophilic oesophagitis

Too far too fast - how NAPLAN is failing our kids

RETHINK: NAPLAN tests are seen as not being helpful by one lobby group.

Parents group says Qld's school system is setting kids up to fail

Why this baby was renamed after three months

After three months of hearing people mispronounce their daughter's name, one couple decided something had to change.

Would you change your baby's name after three months?

Is this the world's most controlling boyfriend?

AS far as romantic text messages go, this clingy note falls well short of the mark.

Seven Apps that could fix your sex life

Your First Date app guides you to the best questions to ask.

To hell with learning when you're ovulating

Five ways to have the ultimate first date

When it comes to a first date, choose something fun.

Getting to know your date should be fun

Tinder users hit by fake 'safe dating' app

Fake profile on Tinder Safe Dating website

Spam bots initiate playful conversations before asking questions